Every Button Counts is an EU funded project that invites partners from four countries to come together to look at the connections between the stories of the Holocaust and those of contemporary refugees in four cities.

Over an eighteen month period, the project is challenging participants and audiences to consider whether we do enough to prevent genocide, nationally and internationally. The project encourages creative, collaborative responses to the refugee crisis in Europe, shared at public events.

Reflections and outcomes from the project can be found in this visual online resource :

Every Button Counts: The story of the project

Every Button Counts is a partnership between organisations:

  • 6 Million+   from Huddersfield, UK
  • ISTORECO   from Reggio Emilia, Italy
  • Well of Memory   from Lublin, Poland
  • Local Democracy Agency   from Subotica, Serbia

Partners worked together to research and reflect on the histories and stories of people persecuted during the Holocaust and in subsequent genocides.

The English organisation, 6 million+ Charitable Trust, is the lead partner, coordinating creative activity across all four countries. Bringing together a wide range of participants from differing cultural and social backgrounds to discuss why it is important to remember periods of history such as the Holocaust when attempts were made to eradicate particular groups of people.

We work with people both within our local communities and jointly with our partners across Europe, using creative activities to respond to stories, engage in dialogue and work together to plan and deliver remembrance events.

Participants are encouraged to make a direct connection with events worldwide and to examine responses to the current refugee crisis. Groups are invited to promote compassion and understanding for refugees in EU countries, dispel myths, challenge prejudices and increase understanding and respect for one another as EU citizens.

Our aims are to develop:

  • a deeper understanding of the refugee crisis in Europe and its connection to the past
  • a willingness to show compassion to the ostracised and take action to help them
  • increased understanding and fellowship between four European cities
  • friendship between cultural groups within and outside of their own cities
  • a heightened sense of confidence and enthusiasm from participants to engage in decision making processes, nationally and internationally.